Utrecht is a central province of the Netherlands. With its 1359 square kilometers it's the smallest province in the country - it is, however, densely populated. The province consists mostly of municipalities forming the historically and presently important cities of Utrecht and Amersfoort and their urban areas, although it contains its share of green open landscapes in its part of the Groene Hart. Considered a part of the Randstad, it has convenient and fast links with major cities of South and North Holland, as well as other Dutch provinces, thanks to its central location.
Utrecht can roughly be divided into five regions.
The open agricultural zone of the Eemvallei, part of the Gelderse Vallei.
An agricultural zone in the heart of the Randstad.
The fourth biggest agglomeration of the Netherlands.
|Utrecht Hill Ridge
Hilly and woody area with a number of heathlands.
|Vecht en Plassen
Lots of estates, castles, buitenplaatsen, gardens, tea houses and other remains from the Dutch Golden Age.
- Utrecht — the historic university town known for its canals, student life and left-wing politics
- Amersfoort — the second-largest city in the province, with a large medieval town center
- Bunnik — suburb in the urban area of Utrecht
- Maarssen — suburb in the urban area of Utrecht, part of the Vecht en Plassen
- Oudewater — famous for its witch's stool, where they issue certificates proving people aren't witches
- Soest — with a history spanning a millennium, it now serves as a commuter town for Amersfoort
- Veenendaal — quite a large town but mostly residential
- Wijk bij Duurstede — the world's only drive-through windmill and some castles
- Woerden — commuter town with a modern commercial cheese market
- National Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug — national park with mixed forests and moorlands on a hill ridge
Utrecht was originally a bishopric that was often at war with its neighbors Gelderland, Holland (now the provinces of North-Holland and South-Holland) and Brabant (now North-Brabant and Flemish Brabant). It was one of the provinces in the Union of Utrecht that declared themselves independent of Spain in 1579, thus starting what would eventually become the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Since Utrecht is located in the center of the country, it is relatively easy to reach from anywhere in the Netherlands. There is no major airport, but there is a regular direct train between the city of Utrecht, which is the central railway hub of the country, and Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam.
Check individual pages to see how to get there.
The most interesting part of the province Utrecht is the city with the same name. There are many things to see there, all listed on the city's Wiki page. See that page for more information. Check UtrechtYourWay for all touristic information about the province of Utrecht. Hotels, B&B's, Museums, Attractions: You can find them all at UtrechtYourWay.
The most interesting part of the province Utrecht is the city with the same name. There are many things to do there, all listed on the city's Wiki page. See that page for more information
In Spakenburg, a former fishing village in the north of the province lots of seafood can be eaten.